The Canadian Grand Prix, which was set to be the first race of the season on the 14th of June following the postponement/cancellation of the first eight races because of the coronavirus, has now been delayed. They’ll look to reschedule it for later in the year. The French Grand Prix on June 28th is now on course to be the opening race of 2020.
On their official website, the Canadian Grand Prix organisers wrote that ‘’this postponement was not a decision that was taken lightly or easily. Over the past month, we have been in constant communication with Formula 1 and representatives from the city of Montréal, Tourism Montreal and both provincial and federal governments. We have heard the directives issued by public health officials and as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic are following the expert guidance provided by the authorities.
Our thoughts and most sincere thanks go to the men and women working tirelessly to keep us healthy, safe and fed during these uncertain times.’’
Francois Dumontier, President and CEO Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix, said: "I am proud to see how such wonderful initiatives and technical advancements stemming from Formula 1 are being applied in a time of crisis. At the moment it is crucial that all of our energies be put together to overcome COVID-19. We will welcome you with open arms t Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve as soon as it is safe to do so."
Chase Carey, Chairman and CEO of Formula 1, added: “We have been working closely with our friends at the Canadian Grand Prix over the past few weeks and support them in taking this necessary decision to ensure the safety of fans and the F1 community. We always look forward to travelling to the incredible city of Montreal and while we will all have to wait a bit longer, we will put on a great show when we arrive later this year.”